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Jennifer O.

Patient and organized middle school math, science, and reading tutor

Patient and organized middle school math, science, and reading tutor

$40/hour

  • 43 hours tutoring

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I am a lover of learning and have a strong belief that ALL students are capable of learning, as long as we take a student's unique learning style and personal motivation into consideration. One small success can make a powerful impact on a student's confidence, and continued support and encouragement go a long way. I have worked with students with a wide range of abilities and strengths, ranging in age from early childhood through high school and beyond, teaching general education as well as...

I am a lover of learning and have a strong belief that ALL students are capable of learning, as long as we take a student's unique learning style and personal motivation into consideration. One small success can make a powerful impact on a student's confidence, and continued support and encouragement go a long way. I have worked with students with a wide range of abilities and strengths, ranging in age from early childhood through high school and beyond, teaching general education as well as special education, in privileged communities and the inner-city in the US, as well in a third world country during my time in the US Peace Corps.

While I enjoy teaching in a classroom setting, I am passionate about working with students one-on-one. I find that tutoring is the perfect setting for providing this individualized help that students and parents need. As a tutor, I have helped prepare students for standardized tests and worked to help them stay on top of their current classes, from grades 2-12, in a variety of subjects. I specialize in working with struggling students. I have both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in the area of special education.

I have the most experience teaching and tutoring students with special needs (hearing impaired, visually impaired, autism/Asperger's, LD, ADHD, etc.), but I have also spent years teaching and tutoring 6th-9th grade English, reading, and science. I am very flexible and welcome new challenges. I appreciate when students and parents share their expectations, and I welcome feedback in order to tailor the tutoring experience and ensure total satisfaction.

I expect students to come with a willing attitude, prepared to do the work it takes to make improvements. This is best accomplished in a quiet and comfortable study atmosphere. I will come to your home, meet you at a place we mutually arrange, or even work with you online. Please let me know what works best for you, and I will try my best to make whatever accommodations you need.

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Education

Illinois State University
special education
Stephen F. Austin University
MEd

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Corporate Training

Grammar

Grammar

Grammar can be an enigma to some, but to me, it just makes sense. I am fascinated by the rules of language, and I understand the typical problems students encounter when it comes to grammar. I also understand that knowing the rules of grammar and using them effectively helps students to express themselves clearly, concisely, and creatively. I enjoy helping students improve their grammar and learn to apply the rules to become better writers on their own.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have taught all grade levels and subjects in my 28 years as a general education and special education teacher. I have several years of experience tutoring, and the majority of that time has been spent tutoring in math. I struggled with math as a child and can relate to the struggles of children when they are learning math. I use my own understanding of math struggles and my great patience to connect with and encourage students who are struggling in the area of math.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar can be an enigma to some, but to me, it just makes sense. I am fascinated by the rules of language, and I understand the typical problems students encounter when it comes to grammar. I also understand that knowing the rules of grammar and using them effectively helps students to express themselves clearly, concisely, and creatively. I enjoy helping students improve their grammar and learn to apply the rules to become better writers on their own.
Reading,

Reading

I understand how children typically acquire language when they have normal hearing and the potential impact on language development when they have a loss of hearing. I also understand how literacy develops in children who have acquired language. With my background in special education, I also understand how children struggling with language delays or difficulties with vision might be misunderstood and fall through the cracks. I know that children read using various, differing methods and strategies. I have a solid background in teaching phonics, but I realize that phonics doesn't work equally as effectively for every child. Therefore, I realize that a variety of teaching methods is required to teach reading, using a variety of text and materials. I enjoy tailoring instruction to individual students during tutoring.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

I understand the connection between reading and vocabulary development. I am aware of the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches to teaching and learning vocabulary lists. I believe the right approach for any one student is unique and that it is my job to find the best method for teaching vocabulary for each student. I teach sight words and word families, high-frequency words, and word parts and use flash cards, notebooks, and natural texts, both narrative and expository, to provide opportunities for students to encounter vocabulary words in context. I realize that direct teaching of vocabulary is both essential and doable.

English

Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar can be an enigma to some, but to me, it just makes sense. I am fascinated by the rules of language, and I understand the typical problems students encounter when it comes to grammar. I also understand that knowing the rules of grammar and using them effectively helps students to express themselves clearly, concisely, and creatively. I enjoy helping students improve their grammar and learn to apply the rules to become better writers on their own.
Reading,

Reading

I understand how children typically acquire language when they have normal hearing and the potential impact on language development when they have a loss of hearing. I also understand how literacy develops in children who have acquired language. With my background in special education, I also understand how children struggling with language delays or difficulties with vision might be misunderstood and fall through the cracks. I know that children read using various, differing methods and strategies. I have a solid background in teaching phonics, but I realize that phonics doesn't work equally as effectively for every child. Therefore, I realize that a variety of teaching methods is required to teach reading, using a variety of text and materials. I enjoy tailoring instruction to individual students during tutoring.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

I understand the connection between reading and vocabulary development. I am aware of the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches to teaching and learning vocabulary lists. I believe the right approach for any one student is unique and that it is my job to find the best method for teaching vocabulary for each student. I teach sight words and word families, high-frequency words, and word parts and use flash cards, notebooks, and natural texts, both narrative and expository, to provide opportunities for students to encounter vocabulary words in context. I realize that direct teaching of vocabulary is both essential and doable.
Writing

Writing

I have 4 years of experience teaching middle school reading and language arts, which included a heavy emphasis on the writing process. I helped students learn to formulate a thesis statement, conduct research, and form well-developed essays (expository, narrative, persuasive) with supporting evidence and proper citations, and to help develop their communication skills through writing. Writing is a personal strength for me, and I enjoy the challenge of helping students organize their thoughts and transform them into words.

Homeschool

Biology,

Biology

I taught middle school life science and basic biology in the special education setting for 2 years and in the general education setting for 4 years, and I tutored students in biology in a one-on-one setting and in small groups for 2 years. I co-taught high school biology for 1 year and provided individualized support for high school students with special needs who were enrolled in on-grade level biology for 4 years. I have always had a passion for biology and enjoy working with students to help them learn the basic vocabulary and concepts that can make biology a challenge for certain learners.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have had significant experience teaching pre-algebra throughout my teaching career, despite never having taught it specifically in the general education setting. I have a passion for science, so I have a need to be proficient in pre-algebra and algebra. I find that tutoring students either one-on-one or in small groups is a very effective means of helping students with math concepts, since I am able to assess their difficulties by watching them complete problems and determining where they are making mistakes. It is very rewarding to watch students grasp math concepts and gain confidence in their math skills.
Reading,

Reading

I understand how children typically acquire language when they have normal hearing and the potential impact on language development when they have a loss of hearing. I also understand how literacy develops in children who have acquired language. With my background in special education, I also understand how children struggling with language delays or difficulties with vision might be misunderstood and fall through the cracks. I know that children read using various, differing methods and strategies. I have a solid background in teaching phonics, but I realize that phonics doesn't work equally as effectively for every child. Therefore, I realize that a variety of teaching methods is required to teach reading, using a variety of text and materials. I enjoy tailoring instruction to individual students during tutoring.
Writing

Writing

I have 4 years of experience teaching middle school reading and language arts, which included a heavy emphasis on the writing process. I helped students learn to formulate a thesis statement, conduct research, and form well-developed essays (expository, narrative, persuasive) with supporting evidence and proper citations, and to help develop their communication skills through writing. Writing is a personal strength for me, and I enjoy the challenge of helping students organize their thoughts and transform them into words.

Math

Prealgebra

Prealgebra

I have had significant experience teaching pre-algebra throughout my teaching career, despite never having taught it specifically in the general education setting. I have a passion for science, so I have a need to be proficient in pre-algebra and algebra. I find that tutoring students either one-on-one or in small groups is a very effective means of helping students with math concepts, since I am able to assess their difficulties by watching them complete problems and determining where they are making mistakes. It is very rewarding to watch students grasp math concepts and gain confidence in their math skills.

Most Popular

Biology,

Biology

I taught middle school life science and basic biology in the special education setting for 2 years and in the general education setting for 4 years, and I tutored students in biology in a one-on-one setting and in small groups for 2 years. I co-taught high school biology for 1 year and provided individualized support for high school students with special needs who were enrolled in on-grade level biology for 4 years. I have always had a passion for biology and enjoy working with students to help them learn the basic vocabulary and concepts that can make biology a challenge for certain learners.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have had significant experience teaching pre-algebra throughout my teaching career, despite never having taught it specifically in the general education setting. I have a passion for science, so I have a need to be proficient in pre-algebra and algebra. I find that tutoring students either one-on-one or in small groups is a very effective means of helping students with math concepts, since I am able to assess their difficulties by watching them complete problems and determining where they are making mistakes. It is very rewarding to watch students grasp math concepts and gain confidence in their math skills.
Reading,

Reading

I understand how children typically acquire language when they have normal hearing and the potential impact on language development when they have a loss of hearing. I also understand how literacy develops in children who have acquired language. With my background in special education, I also understand how children struggling with language delays or difficulties with vision might be misunderstood and fall through the cracks. I know that children read using various, differing methods and strategies. I have a solid background in teaching phonics, but I realize that phonics doesn't work equally as effectively for every child. Therefore, I realize that a variety of teaching methods is required to teach reading, using a variety of text and materials. I enjoy tailoring instruction to individual students during tutoring.
Writing

Writing

I have 4 years of experience teaching middle school reading and language arts, which included a heavy emphasis on the writing process. I helped students learn to formulate a thesis statement, conduct research, and form well-developed essays (expository, narrative, persuasive) with supporting evidence and proper citations, and to help develop their communication skills through writing. Writing is a personal strength for me, and I enjoy the challenge of helping students organize their thoughts and transform them into words.

Science

Anatomy,

Anatomy

I have taught and tutored life science and anatomy for a combined total of 13 years at the middle school and high school levels. I studied anatomy at length during my undergraduate and graduate studies. I enjoy learning about and teaching how the organs of the body work together in systems to carry out various functions in the human body.
Biology,

Biology

I taught middle school life science and basic biology in the special education setting for 2 years and in the general education setting for 4 years, and I tutored students in biology in a one-on-one setting and in small groups for 2 years. I co-taught high school biology for 1 year and provided individualized support for high school students with special needs who were enrolled in on-grade level biology for 4 years. I have always had a passion for biology and enjoy working with students to help them learn the basic vocabulary and concepts that can make biology a challenge for certain learners.
Physical Science

Physical Science

I have spent the majority of my years in general education teaching physical science (introductory chemistry and physics) at the middle and high school levels. I taught primarily physical science at the 7th-8th grade levels for 7 years, I spent 2 years working one-on-one and with small groups of students on various subjects with which they experienced difficulty, including physical science. I helped develop the curriculum for and was a national teacher trainer for "Teaching Science (chemistry & physics) With Toys," a physical science curriculum developed through funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). I taught middle school astronomy and physical oceanography as a part of my physical science curriculum, and I was a local trainer for the "Star Lab," as well as a national teacher trainer for "The Maury Project," a physical oceanography curriculum developed by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I co-taught Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) for 3 years at the high school level. I have tutored several students in high school IPC and middle school physical science in the past 11 years. I find physical science to be my favorite area of science, and my passion helps me bring enthusiasm to my tutoring clients.

Special Needs

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

As a veteran teacher with 25+ years of experience and 2 degrees in special education, I have a very strong background working with students with varying needs, including autism. I co-taught for 2 years in a self-contained classroom for students with communication disorders, which later became classified under the umbrella of autism. I worked for 2 years as director of social activities for a group of young adults with various disabilities, primarily autism. I supported 2 young men on the job as their job coach, as their main area of challenge on the job was due to autism. I learned their job duties, which were technical in nature, and trained them on the job. I developed a manual so they were able to continue without my support. I provided ongoing maintenance as they encountered difficulties for a period of two years. Currently, I am in a management position with a non-profit organization serving the transition needs of young adults with autism. In this capacity, I supervise 4 life coaches and directly support their one-on-one work with our clients whose goals are tied to their unique challenges as a result of autism. I am influential in the programs and services for our organization, which strives to provide premiere services for young adults on the autism spectrum.
Hard of Hearing,

Hard of Hearing

I have a bachelor's degree (120 college credits) in the education of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. I have many years of experience working with students with varying degrees of hearing impairments- ranging in age from 3-adults. After student teaching at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf on the campus of Gallaudet University, I taught deaf/hard-of-hearing students in the Chicago area for several years- high school setting 2 years, preschool setting 3 years, adults in the college setting 1 year, middle school setting 3 years. I also taught deaf/hard-of-hearing students in a third world country at a school for the deaf/hard-of-hearing while serving in the US Peace Corps for 3 years. Upon my arrival back in the US, I moved to Houston and taught many deaf/hard-of-hearing students over the next several years, interpreting as needed, and helping interview & hire deaf ASL instructors at the high school where I worked. After receiving my Master's Degree in visual impairments, I taught several deaf-blind students over the following 5 years. In summary, I have years of experience teaching all subject areas to students with hearing impairments.
Special Needs

Special Needs

I have both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in the area of special education. Although I worked for many years in general education (reading, English, science), I have spent the majority of years of my career working with students with special needs, including students with hearing impairments (the area of study for my bachelor's degree), students with visual impairments (the area of study for my master's degree), students with autism/Asperger's (the population with whom I currently work), students with deaf-blindness, students with ADHD, and students with a variety of other special needs.

Summer

Biology,

Biology

I taught middle school life science and basic biology in the special education setting for 2 years and in the general education setting for 4 years, and I tutored students in biology in a one-on-one setting and in small groups for 2 years. I co-taught high school biology for 1 year and provided individualized support for high school students with special needs who were enrolled in on-grade level biology for 4 years. I have always had a passion for biology and enjoy working with students to help them learn the basic vocabulary and concepts that can make biology a challenge for certain learners.
Reading,

Reading

I understand how children typically acquire language when they have normal hearing and the potential impact on language development when they have a loss of hearing. I also understand how literacy develops in children who have acquired language. With my background in special education, I also understand how children struggling with language delays or difficulties with vision might be misunderstood and fall through the cracks. I know that children read using various, differing methods and strategies. I have a solid background in teaching phonics, but I realize that phonics doesn't work equally as effectively for every child. Therefore, I realize that a variety of teaching methods is required to teach reading, using a variety of text and materials. I enjoy tailoring instruction to individual students during tutoring.
Writing

Writing

I have 4 years of experience teaching middle school reading and language arts, which included a heavy emphasis on the writing process. I helped students learn to formulate a thesis statement, conduct research, and form well-developed essays (expository, narrative, persuasive) with supporting evidence and proper citations, and to help develop their communication skills through writing. Writing is a personal strength for me, and I enjoy the challenge of helping students organize their thoughts and transform them into words.

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